Wilkins Sound (The name as it would appear in a gazetteer)
Wilkins Sound (The name as it would appear on a map)
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Feature type: Sound (9)
This name originates from United States of America. It is part of the United States Gazetteer and the SCAR Composite Gazetteer of Antarctica.
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A sound that is largely occupied by the Wilkins Ice Shelf;, located between the concave western coastline of Alexander Island and the shores of Charcot Island and Latady Island farther to the west. Its northern portion was first seen and roughly mapped in 1910 by the FrAE under J.B. Charcot and was observed from the air in 1929 by Sir Hubert Wilkins. The configuration of the sound was determined in 1940 on exploratory flights by USAS. Named by the USAS for Sir Hubert Wilkins, who in 1929 first proved "Charcot Land" to be an island and thereby indirectly discovered this feature. The existence of Latady Island at the SW side of the sound was determined in 1960 by D.J.H. Searle of FIDS by examination of air photos taken by the RARE, 1947-48.
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